Rich egg pizza dough

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 tablespoons Sweet butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons Sugar
¼ cup Instant nonfat dry milk powder
¾ cup Water
1 pack Active dry yeast
To 5 cups all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Extra large eggs, beaten

"For an elegant change of pace, this rich brioche-like dough makes a thick, utterly delicious pizza crust. French Provencale pizza or pissaladiere fillings are exceptionally good on it. Its most spectacular presentation though, comes in the form of torta rustica with its majestic crown of dough leaves and multilayered colorful filling. This dough is characteristically soft. Work it only until it no longer sticks to your fingers. For an extra golden, shiny finish, brush a thin coating of egg white glaze (1 egg white beaten with a Tbsp of water) over the top of the dough." 1. Put the butter, sugar, dry milk powder, and water in a small saucepan. Stir briefly to dissolve the solids and heat the mixture over medium heat until bubbles begin to appear around the sides of the pan. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl.

2. When the liquid mixture no longer feels too hot to the touch( no more than 130 degrees)sprinkle the yeast over it and stir with a fork until the yeast dissolves.

3. Stir in 2 cups of the flour, the salt, and eggs with a wooden spoon.

4. Add about a cup of flour ½ cup at a time, stirring until the dough forms a soft, sticky mass and comes away from the sides of the bowl.

5. Dust your hands and the work surface liberally with some of the remaining flour. Remove the dough form the bowl and knead in the remaining flour a bit at a time, until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your hands. Don't try to push all of the flour into the dough. You may not need it all.

6. Roll the dough around in an oiled bowl, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). 7. Punch the dough down, knead it briefly, and return it to the bowl.

Recover with plastic wrap and let it double again before using (This dough must go through 2 risings.) 8. After the dough has doubled in bulk a second time, it is ready to be rolled or pressed into shape. Note: For thicker crust, let the dough rise in a prepared pizza pan for 30 minutes before baking.

This dough should not be baked at temperatures above "400 degrees" or it will burn.

Source: The Pizza Book by Evelyne Sloman Posted by Linda Davis

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